I'm Nicola, a freelance illustrator and designer with a passion for creating characters and making patterns. I love creating illustrated maps, greetings cards and wall art, and designing product packaging and apparel. Hand-lettering is one of my specialties so I incorporate it into my work as much as possible. Everything starts with a pencil sketch though I like working both traditionally and digitally - my favourite approach is to mix both by using ink, watercolour or gouache with colour pencil and then arranging and adding detail digitally.

Although I'm British, I spent most of my childhood in the hot steamy jungles of Borneo which provided me with a very open outlook, exposure to different cultures, flora and fauna; the experience still informs my imagination and work today. With a background in law, I bring an analytical mind to any task making sure the creative sparks are backed up with solid design thinking. I've been working as a freelance illustrator for the last three years and I'd welcome the opportunity to bring your project to life whilst engaging in a passion of mine.

If you're interested in any of my products for your store, please head to the wholesale tab and please get in touch!

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